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Cute Ambassador: Takashi Murakami

2009年10月12日


Fresh on the high heels and stripy socks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ silly attempt to promote Japan’s image abroad with three teenage girl “Ambassadors of Cute” dressed as Harajuku lolikon street kids, comes superstar Japanese artist™ Takashi Murakami’s attempt to upstage Koons’ notorious “Dirty Jeff” sculptures at Tate Modern’s new “Pop Life: Art in a Material World” show... by appearing dressed up as a cosplay flower in green tights. Sugoi!

His selection at the survey of branding and commercialism in contemporary art at London’s top museum concludes with a four minute video made with Hollywood producer McG. They apparently have the same manager. It stars Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst dancing with a bunch of anime characters through the seedy otaku sex paradise of Akihabara, and singing a version of the Vapors’ pop song “Turning Japanese”. Her long legged character also appears as a giant girl astride the railway tracks in a J-pop street scene mural that looks like a straight rip off of Yuki Oshima’s plastic model Shinyokohama Arina in Akihabara, that was first made famous by the infamous “Otaku” show in Venice in 2003. Murakami argues that his latest brainwave fusing Hollywood pop values with Kaikai kiki products is the future of contemporary art.

Another piece of pop-tastic ambassordorship for Japan’s extraordinary “Superflat” culture? Maybe. But lest we forget: this kind of thing is the ONLY thing that most people in America and Europe currently think of or have heard about when they think of Japanese contemporary culture or Japanese contemporary art, and it’s the ONLY thing they’ve seen coming out of Japan since “Superflat” started doing the international rounds in 2001.

I read about this first in LA's For Your Art weblog, and the full story and images can be found in the Wall Street Journal at:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704471504574445603670923492.html

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